Roger Federer revealed how the decision to retire came about, also looking at his relationship with his wife Mirka in recent years. The Swiss maestro says goodbye to tennis in this edition of the 2022 Laver Cup. He explained: «I tried to come back, I assure you.
As I started to push myself harder in training, it became too difficult. When I was invited to Wimbledon for Center Court’s centenary, I still thought I could go back. But ten days later, his knee was still in the same condition.
I did an MRI that was negative, there was no further progress. There I realized that I was at a crossroads and had to ask myself some questions. I was already walking on very thin ice, what was the use of insisting? I didn’t want to run after something unrealistic.
Within a few days, I realized it was over and started thinking about how to announce it. It was the end of July, but it took me three weeks to process that decision. The last few years have been hard for me, but I think they have been even harder for Mirka.
He wasn’t happy to see me messing around with all those problems. I wanted to greet my fans in person. In the last few months I realized that I would not be able to play either the Grand Slams or the smaller tournaments like Basel. I thought Laver Cup was the ideal setting to close.»
Roger’s goodbye to tennis
During the last week, nothing has been talked about other than the imminent retirement of Roger Federer. All the fans expected one last trip in 2023, but the physical condition of the Swiss forced him to make a very difficult decision.
The former world number 1 will end his legendary career at the end of the Laver Cup, where he will only play doubles on Friday night (presumably with Rafael Nadal). The 41-year-old Basel player has undergone three knee operations in the last two and a half years and has never given up the desire to return to the pitch, which shows his unconditional love for the sport.
Earlier this summer, the King realized that a return to touring would be impossible. «It’s not just the knee, it’s the whole body that has been under enormous stress,» confided his longtime coach Pierre Paganini in a recent interview.
20 Slams, 103 ATP titles and 28 Masters 1000 are just some of the numbers that have made the Master one of the best athletes in history.